Monday, April 30, 2012

Put this one in the "She's so cute! category

Just received a nice email from Ali Whitt at another great Birmingham fashion blog and we all just LOVED her style. Do me a favor and check out her cute outfit for today. She's rocking some vintage Ralph Lauren pants and an adorable thrift store shirt. And from her mom's closet! Way to go mom! She's on Facebook also if you want to keep up with her cute looks.

Guess who's headed to NYC & the Chanel corporate office?

Guess who's headed to NYC & the Chanel corporate office? Ok, not me. I only wish it was me. But one fashionable lady from our fair city will soon be winging her way to the Big Apple and we're delighted to announce who & why.

"Hala Valekis, Chanel Counter Manager at Belk Summit in Birmingham, was recently recognized as the 2011 Chanel Department Store Counter Manager of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic region!  She is one of only 16 Chanel Counter Managers from both Department and Specialty store divisions to receive this recognition.  What is even more exciting is that from among the 16 recipients of this coveted award, Hala has been selected from 735 of her peers to join the prestigious Elite Eight Counter Managers of the Year!

Valekis was elected to the Elite Eight due to her passion for the Chanel brand, excellence in her goal attainment, clienteling and communication skills.  “Hala possesses superior service and sales skills,” said Becky Blair, DMC, “She exemplifies what a Belk Cosmetic associate should be.”  Valekis also stood out for her leadership, team development and overall drive for success.  Valekis has executed all Chanel events “with precision and with results through an extensive clientele list,” said Susan Held, Belk Summit Store Manager, “She has developed a team which has the same drive.”

Hala will be recognized for her accomplishment with a trip to New York City May 15-17 to visit the Chanel corporate offices, a beautiful pair of Chanel earrings, membership into a Chanel Field Advisory Committee and the acclaim of being one of Chanel’s Elite Counter Managers."

Congratulations to Hala from everyone here at the Birmingham Fashion Blog.

Also wanted to mention that Jennifer Puckett, the Bobbie Brown counter manager at Belk Riverchase Galleria has been named one of the top 100 make-up artist in the US by the esteemed Elle Magazine.

Congratulations to Jennifer also!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's a party at the beach and you're invited! New Pandora opening in Destin

Since so many friends visit the sugar white beaches at Destin every year, I thought I'd mention this great fashion event happening in Destin at one of the BEST fashion shopping places EVER, Destin Commons.

Destin’s Sands Sparkle Even Brighter with PANDORA Store at Destin Commons

New store to bring commerce, heightened fashion upon May 3rd grand opening

DESTIN, Fla. –April 24, 2012—Destin area jewelry lovers will line up as a new PANDORA store arrives in Destin Commons (Center Plaza) hold its grand opening event on May 3, from 4 to 9 p.m. The 1,115 square-foot lifestyle store has already opening its doors just in time for the summer-season, showcasing the newest designs and collections from PANDORA.

This grand opening has significant meaning for the Destin area, as it will bring new commerce and a heightened sense of style and fashion to the community. The new, sleek environment of the Scandinavian-influenced store creates the ultimate shopping experience for PANDORA enthusiasts as well as those who are new to the brand. Patrons will be able to view the latest PANDORA designs and collections in a store layout that is both welcoming and enjoyable to explore.

 “PANDORA continues to grow in popularity within our community and globally,” said Tonya Flores, store manager of PANDORA at Destin Commons. “We are thrilled to showcase PANDORA’s hand-finished jewelry with all of its latest collections in one beautifully designed store.”
The May 3 grand opening event is open to the public and will introduce shoppers to the PANDORA experience, as guests enjoy hors d’ouvres and refreshments and entertainment. Event attendees will have a chance to win a specially designed PANDORA bracelet.
Give them a call! 650-2090

So much fun reading the ArtBelles today

If you've been reading here for very long you know that not only do we write about fashion, but we also write about people who write about fashion. And that's the fun part of the job! (Not that we get paid for this, but still...)

Today we greatly enjoyed the adventures of two darling ArtBelles, Shermika and Tamika Dunner as they accepted a challenge from Simply Fashion: What spring fashion shopping can you do with $50?

You'll want to read their blog post to find out what they achieved. (Click here.) And as for me, I'm looking for the nearest Simply Fashion!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Check out Katie Frost at Hems for Her & Erica Bunker at DIY style

Loving fashion as we do, it's EASY to love these two fashion bloggers: Katie Frost and Erica Bunker. Katie's a teacher in a nearby high school and Erika's a fashion forward seamstress who actually makes the fierce fashion looks you'll see at her blog.

And in both bloggers recent posts, they really hit it out of the park!

Hem's for Her: Santa Baby

Erica Bunker DIY: Review: New Look 6003 | Red Peplum Skirt!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fashion Secrets of the South A Southern Designer Spring Fashion, Accessories & Home D├ęcor Trunk Show

You MUST read this article by Birmingham's TOP fashion writer the Birmingham News' own,  CHANDA TEMPLE

"On Tuesday, Birmingham-area shoppers can meet Leigh and 19 other Southern-based designers at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover during the “Fashion Secrets of the South,” a traveling trunk show of accessories, clothing and home decor.Complete list here, but designers include: Maison de Papier, Hot to Trot, Mark Edge, Lilly Beck Originals, and Sally B's Skin Yummies

Between Belk bringing famous designers like Sam Edelman & Donald J. Pliner and this event at Aldridge Gardens, Birmingham has certainly upped it's fashionable factor this year!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fashion AND Fashion writers

Regular readers will remember that not only is the Birmingham Fashion Blog, but we also like to write about fashion writers and other outlets.

Today I'd like to introduce you to B. Positive Magazine. Tiffeny Currier is the editor and she has several great writers on staff.

When you get a chance, check out B. Positive's article on Donald. J. Pliner's recent visit to Belk at the Summit in Birmingham. Written by University of Alabama at Birmingham grad Melanie McCann, it's titled "Green Bottoms: A Fashion Love Story."

I think you'll truly enjoy this peek into Donald J. Pliner's life and his love for his wife Lisa.

Monday, April 16, 2012

America's premiere Christian fashion expert Shari Braendel is headed to Birmingham!

I can't tell you just how excited Birmingham Fashion Blog is to announce that Shari Braendel is coming to Birmingham! You probably know Shari as the author of the style book for women, "Good Girls don’t have to Dress Bad," or as the fashion editor of Susie and WHOA Women magazines. Or perhaps your familiar with Shari through her popular website which offers free color analysis. And now, you can meet Shari in person at the upcoming Women's Weekend at CrossPoint Church in Trussville.

From Shari's website:

The Fashion Meets Faith conference is specifically designed to help women of all ages appreciate their inherent beauty … and view themselves the way God does.
Christian women's speaker - author - fashion coach, Shari Braendel has a message of deep compassion. A fabulous, fun, and refreshing fashionista, her message is inspiring and her testimony, moving as she helps women and girls of all ages to appreciate their beauty, discover their natural assets, and learn what to wear so they can look and feel their best.

Need more info?

Women's Weekend 2012
April 20-21, 2012
CrossPoint Church

8000 Liles LaneTrussville, AL 35173

email: Hope Chastain at HopeChastain{AT} or 
Contact: Sharon Tapscott
Phone: 205.655.0364 ext. 12
Email: stapscott{at}

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Pliner at Belk! So Fab. And now a designer contest sponsored by Belk

We here at the Birmingham Fashion Blog must give high marks to Belk in Birmingham. They bring the most fashionable designers right here.

Last Saturday we had the pleasure of meeting Donald J. Pliner and the Saturday before that it was Sam Edelman. Sam's posted the pictures from his event on his Facebook page so if's you were at the event buzz over and see if you can find your mug in the crowd.

Donald Pliner is just a gem of a guy. He took so much time to speak personally with his fans and even help them shop for the perfect pair of shoes. And oh the shoes! Such beauty and comfort combined. We now know why Pliner fans stay fans for life.

We're sold on Pliner!

Next week we'll tell you about a designer contest sponsored by Belk, so stay tuned.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fabulous Fashion Event in Birmingham: Renowned Designer Donald J Pliner at Belk

Birmingham, Alabama is a real fashion mecca. Don't believe me? Guess who's coming to town next week?

Renowned designer Donald J Pliner, that's who.

We tweeted Pliner and his beautiful wife Lisa to see if they are also bringing BabyDoll, but Lisa replied that BabyDoll has a play date and won't make it Birmingham.

We'll miss BabyDoll, but it's going to be a huge treat to meet Mr. Pliner.

Already crushing on The YEVA for spring? We are too!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

It's just a given that we'd talk about the fashion at the ACM's!

First love: Taylor Swift's dress.
First dislike: Leann Rimes's dress.
First unexpected shoe: Nicole Kidman's red high heeled sandal looks great!
First dishwater colored dress: Kimberly Perry.
First really bad spray on tan: Martina McBride.
First "Um, I dunno": Sara Evans Barker's extremely Pepto-Bismol colored dress.
First really stylish guy: Luke Bryan.

Sam Edelman at Belk - Great Event!

More coming...